1997 BMW 7 Series 740iA 4.4L V8 from North America
Pierce Brosnan drove one, Jason Statham did too, so did Michael Douglas and Clive Owen... questions?
The only thing that I have to blame on the car is the little knob at the end of the wire that connects the gas pedal to the engine (if pulled, the car accelerates) which came loose, but a bit of epoxy took care of that.
Pilot brand headlight bulbs are useless in this car, they can't handle something the car does and burn out within two weeks - Phillips seem to work perfectly fine.
The BMW 740iA is a full-size luxury sedan with sports car performance. If switched into sports mode, I can outrun a lot of cars that I wouldn't think I could take on.
The interior is in BMW-typical high quality, fine leather and wood trim. In the case of my car, black inside, black outside. The paint is, unlike the Cadillac's I had owned before, very tough and doesn't chip easily at all. Also, there seem to be no spots where the 740iA is notorious to rust at (not the typical bottom of the door or such).
I feel bad mentioning this because people in the position to acquire a BMW shouldn't have to be concerned about fuel expenses. However, whoever chooses the BMW 740iA is in for a surprise - I easily get 30 miles to the gallon highway and about 18-20 city.
Overall, if you're looking for luxury, style, performance and reliability merged together into one car, this one would be it.
I'd recommend dealer maintenance only since it isn't significantly more expensive than independent shops, but the mechanics are specially trained to work on BMWs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th May, 2009
17th Aug 2010, 21:06
This car is the biggest piece of crap on the market. I have a 1997 740il with low miles; nothing but massive headache. You must have got the only good one.
I am starting a boycot against BMW; who wants to join? I am seeking legal council with thousands of others.
I had Mustang 5.0 with more miles. I raced on weekends, and drove home with way more miles, and it held up way better.
BMW - the worst ultimate driving machine.
7th Feb 2011, 17:14
Please, the guy of the Mustang, be happy with his car and leave the BMW for the experts.